Ballston Spa, NY asked in Workers' Compensation for New York

Q: Should I wait and see or get a lawyer?

I sprained my right middle finger in January at work. I informed my employer & recieved medical treatment; wore a splint for 4 weeks. Afterwards, my finger was stiff and slightly bent. I was unable to fully bend or straighten it. I was able to compensate for it by using my thumb and index finger. I started a new job in July. I was less than 12 shifts in when my hand and arm started to cause me extreme pain from actually trying to use the finger. I realize I should've recieved further treatment sooner, but I thought it would get better on it's own and I really didn't want to be going into hospitals while the pandemic was so bad in NY. I went to the doctors again: whom declared me partially disabled. So, my new job will not let me work until I'm back to 100%, has offered to put me on short term disability. The occupational doctor I see told me she won't say I can't work; it's between me and my job. The disability is still pending, been a month. I've been going to therapy, slowly helping.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Victor M. Feraru
Victor M. Feraru
Answered
  • Mineola, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: It’s always worthwhile to reach out to a PI attorney to see if you have a case. Try calling around to a few. Make sure they hear out your situation and give you you an honest assessment.

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